Rosé wines are pretty much made in every wine region and from a wide range of grapes. Top rosé-producing countries include France, Spain, USA, Italy, South Africa and Germany, but rosé gems are to be found all over the globe. Provence rosés are still considered the traditional style and many producers around the world emulate Provence’s pale rosé colored wines.
Rosé is a type of wine made from red grapes, produced in a similar fashion as red wine. The difference with producing red wine is that rosé is made with reduced time fermenting with the grape skins. This reduced skin contact gives the juice it’s rosé – pink color.
Rosé wine can be made in three different ways: by direct pressing, drawing off (saignée) -or by blending red and white wine, however blending is not permitted within the EU.
Saignee (drawing off) is a method of rosé making that involves “bleeding” off the juice of red wine after it’s been in contact with the skins. Saignée is considered to be a byproduct of red winemaking. Saignée however is a unique style of rosé because it is bolder and darker -or deeper in color than rosé wine produced in on of the other methods. So, if you’re not a fan of traditional rosé because it is too light for your liking, you might appreciate its stronger brother Saignée rosé better.